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Book Signing In Malden

Posted Sunday, September 26, 2010, at 11:33 AM

"You are graciously invited to a

Book Signing

Malden Library

113 North Madison

Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010

10 a.m. -- Noon

Author and New Madrid native:

Mary Sue Shy Anton

"New Madrid: A Mississippi River Town in History and Legend"

Published May 2009 by

Southeast Missouri State University Press


Information: 573 276-3674" - Malden Public Library

I was pleasantly surprised to receive this invitation in my e-mail. As web master of the Malden Historical Museum I receive some interesting e-mail updates and enquiries from our visitors to the site at http://www.maldenmuseum.com and hope you visit MHM site. There is future plans to renovate MHM site to make it more interactive and with membership benefits.

Although "New Madrid" is not a direct reference to Malden history per se there is a direct connection with the author Ms. Mary Sue Shy Anton. What Ms. Anton writes is surely a reflection of the times in and around the Malden area.

The following biography of Ms. Anton is submitted:

An alumna of Loretto Academy in Kansas City, Missouri, Mary Sue (Shy) Anton earned a bachelor of arts degree in history at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. She is a freelance writer and wrote for the Houston Chronicle in addition to several other Texas publications. After she co-published "Pioneers of New Madrid, Missouri and Their Descendants" she lectured on genealogy. She is currently a member of the University of Houston-Clear Lake Alumni Association Executive Board.

Anton's interest in her hometown history was prompted upon learning that her ancestor, Dr. Richard Jones Waters, came to New Madrid along with founder George Morgan in 1789. She began writing about the history of this Mississippi River town and in 1998, Bay Area Writers League awarded her a first place in its manuscript competition and, in 2002, an honorable mention for her "Civil War Comes to My Hometown."

The State Historical Society of Missouri presented her a Richard S. Brownlee Fund award in 2003.

In May 2009, the Southeast Missouri State University Press published her book, "New Madrid: A Mississippi River Town in History and Legend,"

Mary Sue was born during the Great Depression on the old Hummel place just north of New Madrid. She and her family soon moved to a farm located between the Mississippi River and the levee. During the 1937 flood, riverbank caving forced the Shys to relocate north of town. One of ten children, Mary Sue has numerous family members living in New Madrid. She and her husband, Dr. Arthur Anton, live in Seabrook, Texas and have three grown children and three grandchildren.

If one is interested please visit: http://www.marysueanton.com

Thanks for reading the Maldenite blog and please stop in visit the Malden Historical Museum.

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Thank you, people of Malden, for your warm welcome at the Malden Public Library on September 30. And thank you, Kevin Black, for helping get the word out about my book signing. My book, "New Madrid: A Mississippi River Town in History and Legend," is closing the gap in the history of an underpublished section of the state, New Madrid and the entire Bootheel. In addition to entertaining and educating today's area residents and readers interested in a long-ago era, it will serve future generations of teachers/professors, scholars and students. My husband and I lived in Kennett for two years in the early 1960s, and he visited Malden many times when he was with the Social Security Adminitration. In addition, some of my ancestors, the Waters family, once lived in Malden.

-- Posted by auteur on Thu, Oct 14, 2010, at 5:42 PM

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